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REACH—The Essential Guide

Posted: June 16, 2008

With first pre-registration fast approaching, manufacturers and suppliers of chemical substances are bracing themselves for the impact of REACH—the new chemical regulation introduced by the European Union.

Described in some quarters as possibly the most complex set of regulations issued by an international organization, REACH may appear to be a minefield for those it affects. With so many factors to consider, the challenge for companies is gaining a thorough understanding of the implications that REACH will have on their business activities. 

Here, Treatt provides a step-by-step guide to the scope of REACH regulation. The company offers insights from an EU-based company’s perspective, presents key considerations and helpful hints to get prepared for REACH. It demonstrates that with careful planning and preparation, REACH is not the daunting task it may initially seem.

REACH Explained

REACH—the Registration, Evaluation, and Authorization (and Restriction) of Chemicals—is the new European Union regulation that came into force on June 1, 2007. It replaces a number of European directives and regulations with a single system. It will apply to European chemical companies who manufacture and/or import chemical substances into the EU in quantities of more than one tonne per legal entity.